2003 L'Aventure "Côte-à-Côte Estate" Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1016467 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A Cote a Cote release blend of close to equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the 2003 Cuvee Cote a Cote is a sexy, voluptuous effort that excels on all accounts. Still youthful, yet with hints of maturity in its ripe blackberry, creme de cassis, saddle leather, licorice and wild herbs-scented (almost garrigue-like) bouquet, this full-bodied, seamless and silky effort has blockbuster concentration, a voluptuous texture and no hard edges. Holding up beautifully over the evening, and improving in the glass, it can be consumed anytime over the coming decade. (RP)  (7/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Black ruby. Knockout nose combines black cherry, blackberry and minerals, with a lovely spicy lift to the fruit; not at all roasted. Silky on entry, then compellingly sweet and aromatic in the mouth, with slightly high-toned kirsch and dark chocolate flavors perked up by a floral nuance. There's a lovely light touch to this rather powerful wine. Finishes firmly tannic and long, with obvious backbone but no dryness.  (7/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Tight, firm and tannic, with dried plum, currant and spicy berry notes that taste compact, at points teasing with ground coffee, chicory and ending with chewy tannins.  (12/2005)

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.